Society

Councilman Robert Wagner Strip Searched by Police for Using Profanity

| by Michael Allen

Gilberton, Pennsylvania City Councilman Robert Wagner has filed a federal lawsuit against Mayor Mary Lou Hannon and Police Chief Mark Kessler after being arrested and strip-searched for using profanity in a voicemail.

“My choice of language was unfortunate, arising from frustration due to the lack of response from law enforcement to my previous requests for assistance,” Wagner said in his lawsuit.

“I was shocked by the arrest, and have endured humiliation and constant attack on my character. I am proceeding with this lawsuit to ensure that this never happens to me again or to anyone else in our small, quaint, coal-mining community.”

Wagner left a profane voicemail on Mayor Hannon and Chief Kessler’s voicemail last summer in which he complained that several teenagers were loudly racing quads and dirt bikes in front of his house.

The next day, Chief Kessler arrested Wagner on two counts of misdemeanor harassment and took him to Schuylkill County Prison, where he was processed and strip searched. The charges against Wagner were later dismissed.